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The next steps for the Further Education sector in England - governance, accountability and ensuring quality provision

Morning, Tuesday, 13th October 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


This conference will examine key current issues for further education in England, and the way forward for funding and oversight of the sector.


Bringing together sector stakeholders with officials from the DfE and the NAO, the agenda looks at:

  • Priorities for future capital investment in the FE;
  • Improving the financial sustainability of FE, collaboration between colleges and the impact of mergers and interventions;
  • Restructuring colleges, the future of the merger process and supporting the FE workforce;
  • FE and the Fourth Industrial Revolution; and
  • Positioning colleges at the centre of their communities, and their role in the drive to address local  and national skills gaps.

Developments in policy, investment and funding

Delegates will look at how increased funding and new investment by government is being used by colleges, and how to maximise its impact going forward.


It comes with the recent commitment by government of funding for the sector with the aim of strengthening leadership and governance across FE through:

  • introduction of the College Collaboration Fund to support colleges working together to boost the quality of education and training on offer; and
  • investment in tailored CPD for college leaders and governors across a range of areas.

The discussion also takes place in the context of:

  • £400m in funding announced by government for providers of 16-19 education, spread across 257 colleges in England, to alleviate financial uncertainty in the sector,
  • the forthcoming introduction of a £600m-a-year National Skills Fund, and
  • further education and sixth-form colleges in England coming under a statutory insolvency regime with options for increased support and intervention.

In addition, the conference will assess:


The conference also looks at the 10-year strategic vision for colleges  set out by the Independent Commission on the College of the Future - and the role of the sector in tackling issues such as regional inequalities, developing a greener economy and addressing climate change.


Speakers

The agenda includes keynote addresses from:

  • Tara Murray, Deputy Director, Provider Market Oversight, Education and Skills Funding Agency;
  • Lewis Cooper, Director, Independent Commission on the College of the Future; and
  • Paul McKean, Head of Further Education and Skills, Jisc  - on how the sector responds to the 4th industrial revolution and the opportunities for more effective use of technology in further education in England.

Further speakers include: Professor Liz Atkins, Professor of Vocational Education and Social Justice, Institute of Education, University of Derby; Jon Brookes, Social Value Lead, Wates Group Services; Stefan Drew, Education Consultant and Former College Marketing Director; Stephanie Mason, Partner, RSM UK; and Louise Misselke, Principal, Guernsey College.


The agenda

  • An overview of the current landscape of the FE sector;
  • The independent review into the monitoring of FE college finances and financial management - key findings;
  • Improving the oversight of colleges and adapting to the new insolvency regime - mergers, restructuring and sources of funding;
  • Supporting best practice in governance and accountability of FE colleges, implementing the new insolvency regime, and next steps for funding;
  • Further education and the Fourth Industrial Revolution;
  • Enhancing FE provision in colleges - curriculum, careers advice, fostering links with employers, and developing routes into HE; and
  • The College of the Future - latest findings from the Independent Commission.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Westminster Education Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: the DfE and the National Audit Office.



Keynote Speaker

Tara Murray

Deputy Director, Provider Market Oversight, Education and Skills Funding Agency

Keynote Speakers

Tara Murray

Deputy Director, Provider Market Oversight, Education and Skills Funding Agency

Lewis Cooper

Director, Independent Commission on the College of the Future

Paul McKean

Head of Further Education and Skills, Jisc

Chair

Peter Aldous MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Employment

Speakers

Shelagh Legrave

Chief Executive Officer, Chichester College Group

Professor Liz Atkins

Professor of Vocational Education and Social Justice, Institute of Education, University of Derby

Stefan Drew

Education Consultant and Former College Marketing Director

Stephanie Mason

Partner, RSM UK

Jon Brookes

Social Value Lead, Wates Group Services

Louise Misselke

Principal, Guernsey College